Proteome Sciences announces that it has developed a number of novel in vitro tests for chemical compounds and substances that induce allergies when they come into contact with the skin or the respiratory system. Testing for these allergens in products including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and detergents will become mandatory under EU legislation. Proteome Sciences presented data from eight assays at the Sens-it-iv Scientific Congress in Brussels, 24-25 November 2011. Sens-it-iv is a European Commission project which began in 2005 and brings together companies and academic institutions with the aim of developing in vitro alternatives to animal tests, which are currently used for the risk assessment of potential skin or lung sensitizers. As well as reducing the use of animal testing, the program is aimed at improving consumer safety and benefiting the environment.